What New Year’s resolutions did you make for your home? If we had to guess, you’re probably thinking it’s time to remodel your bathroom or kitchen. You’re in good company, as the two most common renovations made in the United States are changes to the bathroom and kitchen.

Though they are not always in use, these two rooms can be the most important in your home. Whether you’re an avid cooker or someone who enjoys an unwinding shower, 2016 can be your year to give the bathroom and kitchen in your home a little TLC.

Before you make any renovations, you need to do some prepping. You’ll speed things up by identifying things you want to keep and things that have to go. After you know what you want to change, do research to see if you would be able to make some of the changes yourself. Remember, you can save some money by doing some of the little things yourself, but if you’re unsure about a job or want to make sure it’s done right, it’s best to hire a professional.

Start the renovation process by identifying what type of flooring you want to use. It’s easy to think of your floor’s aesthetic first, but don’t forget about the practicality. Ceramics are great for providing traction to a slippery room; hardwood absorbs water and laminate is usually an affordable option.

When it comes to walls, you don’t have to completely remodel them to get the look you want. If dealing with tiles, spruce them up by applying a new coat of oil based paint. If paint is not an option, add wallpaper or other attention-grabbing pieces to create a pleasing focal point in the room. Creating this focal point is a good option if you want to capture attention without having to make drastic renovations.

The expenses really kick in when it comes to renovating sinks, appliances and cabinetry. While updating these things may hurt your wallet, it’s important to go with quality products, as they will be in your home for an extended period of time. One way to help cut these costs is to consider resurfacing cabinets instead of replacing them. If done correctly, resurfaced cabinets will look just as appealing as new cabinetry.

Sticking to resolutions is tough, but with a little effort, 2016 can be the year your bathroom and kitchen get a revamp. If you need any additional info on how to get started with your renovation, let us give you a hand!